Vars uitdagings en nuwe hoop

Dit is my laaste nuusbrief van ’n onstuimige maar verfrissende jaar.

Die jaar is met hartseer ingelui toe ons ’n laaste eerbetoon bewys het aan Helen Suzman, ’n ikoon van die stryd om ons demokrasie, en só lank ons saak se vaandeldraer. Haar heengaan het ons herinner aan die verskil wat een mens in die openbare lewe kan maak. Dit het ons meer vasberade gemaak om te bly veg vir die ideale wat haar na aan die hart gelê het, en waarvoor sy baklei het.
E-pos nuus brief, geen internet bron.

Helen Suzman was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician. Suzman, birth name Helen Gavronsky, was born November 7, 1917 in Germiston to Samuel and Frieda Gavronsky, both Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants who came to South Africa to escape the restrictions imposed on Jews by Russia. She studied as an economist and statistician at Witwatersrand University. At age 20, she married Dr. Moses Suzman (d. 1994) and had two daughters with him before returning to university as a lecturer in 1944.

Suzman gave up teaching for politics, being elected to Parliament in 1953 as a member of the United Party. In 1959, amidst growing dissatisfaction with the United Party's weak stance on apartheid issues, Suzman was apart of a group of members of parliament that broke away to form the liberal Progressive Party. She represented the Houghton constituency as the party's sole member of parliament following the 1961 general election and, from 1961 to 1974, she was the sole parliamentarian unequivocally opposed to apartheid. Later, as parliamentary white opposition to apartheid grew, the Progressive Party merged with Harry Schwarz's Reform Party and became the Progressive Reform Party. It was renamed the Progressive Federal Party, and Suzman was joined in parliament by notable liberal colleagues such as Colin Eglin. She spent a total of 36 years in parliament.

Suzman was noted for her strong public criticism of the governing National Party's policies of apartheid at a time when this was atypical of white South Africans and found herself even more of an outsider because she was an English-speaking Jewish woman in a parliament dominated by Calvinist Afrikaner men. She was once accused by a minister of asking questions in parliament that embarrassed South Africa, to which she replied: "It is not my questions that embarrass South Africa; it is your answers".

Suzman visited Nelson Mandela on numerous occasions while he was in prison and was present when he signed the new constitution in 1996.

A secular Jew, who did not present herself as a representative of the Jewish community in her anti-apartheid efforts, Suzman acknowledged that she did associate her opposition to apartheid and pursuit of justice to her Jewish roots. At a time when the South African Jewish Board of Deputies adopted a policy of political non-involvement and discouraged criticism of apartheid in order to not compromise their group interests, Suzman did not waver in her individual fight against the inequities of apartheid. As she explained in an interview, "For me, for Jews to support the people who were in favor of race discrimination was the ultimate in treachery of the values that Jews should hold." She further detailed why it was, in her view, shameful for a Jew to support the South African National Party in its defense of apartheid, "...you know what Jews went through with persecution in Russia, with pogroms, unable to move freely, no mobility! How can you support a government which is doing exactly the same thing to the black people?"
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"...you know what Jews went through with persecution in Russia, with pogroms, unable to move freely, no mobility! How can you support a government which is doing exactly the same thing to the black people?"
Dit is so tipies, jode kan maak en breek soos hulle wil, maar laat n Germaanse nasie dit nou doen en hulle is die eerstes om wolf te skree...
Die jood het seker nooit n woord oor Gaza en die Wesbank ge uiter nie.